The election Commission said the date of presidential elections in Russia

The Russian presidential election will take place on 18 March 2018, said the Secretary of the Central election Commission (CEC) Maya Grishina, commenting on the draft of the Ministry of labour on weekends and public holidays next year. Her words leads RIA Novosti on Monday, September 18.

Earlier on Monday, the press service of the Ministry of labor reported that the governmental Commission on regulation of social and labor relations approved the schedule of shifts weekends in 2018. In accordance with the document, the Russians are waiting for four-day weekend from 8 to 11 March.

“The week of 5th-11th [March] includes one festive day, therefore elections are held next Sunday. So we all explained now it is official — [elections are held] March 18,” — said Grishin.

On 15 September, the founder of the Monarchist party, Anton Bakov has declared readiness to support in the upcoming elections of the Deputy of the state Duma Natalia Polonskaya (“United Russia”), if it will nominate a candidate. The MP refused, saying that for her there is only one candidate — incumbent President Vladimir Putin.

By law, the President-elect will hold this position for six years. Putin has the right to run, but he has not announced such an intention. Such plans have the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, businessman Sergei Polonsky. Their participation in elections does not exclude also the Chairman of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov.

March 18 — the day of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. On this day in 2014, Putin signed a decree, according to which Crimea and Sevastopol became part of the state.